Colonel Louis Lapointe, Commander, Garrison Petawawa
Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner, Chief Warrant Officer Garrison Petawawa
Veterans’ Week Message from the Garrison Petawawa Commander and Garrison Chief Warrant Officer
Posted on Thursday November 7, 2019
During Veterans’ Week, from November 5-11, the soldiers and civilians at Garrison Petawawa will honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.
We will gather at communities across the Ottawa Valley in support of services at cenotaphs, schools, Legions, and municipal offices to recognize, with our fellow citizens, those who died in service to their country.
This year’s theme is the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign—one of many key milestones in the lead up to the end of the Second World War. Along with the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, 2019 marks the 75th anniversaries of D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Scheldt. This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan.
It is important that we never stop remembering the thousands of Canadian soldiers, sailors, aircrew and merchant seamen who died in two World Wars, the more than 500 soldiers who died while serving in Korea, the more than 100 soldiers who died on peace support missions since 1945 and the 158 soldiers and two civilians who died in Afghanistan. It is equally important that we continue to remember the countless others that have died in service to their country and the wounded and injured veterans as they continue their struggle and recovery.
Let us also not forget that women have been essential to the Canadian war effort, serving in the military, filling labour shortages or leading on the home front. We should also recognize that November 8th marks Aboriginal Veterans Day. It is important that we reflect on how Indigenous men and women served our country in uniform bravely and with distinction.
It is important to remember that when someone serves in Canada’s military, their whole family serves with them. This is as true today as it was last century. We recognize our military families for their support and sacrifice.
Please join us and our families this year in our communities and schools as we gather to pay tribute. We live in a country strong and free thanks to those who fought selflessly to achieve peace.